Amy's Family

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Author House, Oct 4, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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This coming of age story is told through the eyes of the author’s daughter, Amy, who is five years old when the book begins.  She lives with her family in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Amy knows her family will move sooner or later because of her dad’s work.  But her dad’s transfer to a small town in northeast Nevada is a daunting prospect for the entire family after spending so many years in the warm, temperate climate of the friendly Cajun country.

The move to Nevada begins a journey for Amy and her family that will take them to Nigeria, Peru, Bolivia, and finally, to a small town in Oklahoma.

As Amy learns about new and different cultures, she develops tolerance for the differences and a more perceptive attitude toward other people of the world.  When her older brother and sister go away to school in Switzerland, she’s suddenly thrust into the life of an only child.

On her journey toward adulthood, she encounters the usual hardships and disappointments of growing up, along with amazing adventures travelling in foreign lands.  She learns to take the problems in stride and enjoy the adventure.  Her experiences are amusing, exciting, some very sweet, a few a bit scary, and all fun to read.

 

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Contents

LOUISIANA 1969
1
THE SURPRISE
7
THE MOVE
13
THE TRIP
19
ELY
23
GHOST TOWN
31
FRIENDS
35
WINTER
39
HOUSE HUNTING
119
LA POLICIA
123
MOVING IN
125
EL ESCOBADERO
129
TEMBLOR
133
THE AMAZON
139
THE LODGE
143
PRINCESS AMY
149

ICE FISHING
43
GOODBYE NEVADA
47
THE SALE
51
THE FLIGHT TO LONDON
55
AFRICA
63
PHILLIP
69
BANANA BOAT
75
BACK TO SCHOOL
81
THE SHIPMENT
85
JANKARA
87
CHRISTMAS IN LAGOS
93
A BIRTHDAY PARTY
99
DONT TELL ME WERE MOVING AGAIN
107
LA ESCUELA
111
BURGERS AND DOAGS
115
THE HUNT
153
BOLIVIA
157
EL GRAN HOTEL COCHABAMBA
161
LA CASA
165
COCHABAMBA COOPERATIVE SCHOOL
169
MACHU PICCHU
175
LOS NIÑOS
181
LA TORTUGA
185
THE CARIBBEAN
189
NOT AGAIN
201
EPILOGUE
207
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
209
Back Cover
211
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About the author (2004)

Martha Flowers Wallen was born in Uvalde, Texas, where she spent the first 20 years of her life.  After marriage to a man in the oil business, she began a life of travel.  The diversity of the many locations in which she lived with her family inspired her to begin writing journals, setting down events as the area influenced their everyday life.

In 1991, Martha and her husband, Jim, retired and moved to Kerrville, Texas.  Since that time, she has studied writing under Dr. Kathleen Hudson at Schreiner University and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  She also studied under Glenna Smith at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, P.I. Maine.  She’s attended writing workshops in Cloud Croft, New Mexico and Kerrville, Texas, and enjoys the support and membership of the Kerrville Writers Association.

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